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Kenya: Beading young Samburu girls into sexual bondage 

This video, which first appeared on NTV Kenya on Oct 21, 2012, was filmed in the dry, somewhat barren Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and tells the story of how the Samburu community – a semi-nomadic pastoralist group closely related to the Masaai - use an entrenched aspect of their culture to violate the sexual rights of girls as young as eight years...

Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Belize: EIA 'consultation' neither free nor fair 

The sole public consultation to discuss the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for US Capital Energy´s proposal to drill in Belize's Sarstoon-­TemashNational Park did not allow for a full and proper venting of community concerns, nor did it facilitate responses to critical questions impacting the indigenouscommunities.Click on the link below to download a press release from SATIIM, MLA, TAA and communities of the Sarstoon Temash...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Moldova: Using the UN Declaration on Minorities to combat intolerance 

The Moldovan government has taken steps to protect the rights of minorities by incorporating provisions of the UN Declaration on Minorities into national legislation, as well as provisions in the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.But despite legal reforms, there is a serious need to address ingrained discrimination and intolerance in the country, according Tatiana Kleiman, executive director of the...

Bangladesh: Dalits demand adequate housing 

Citizen’s Initiative (Nagorik Uddyog) is an non-governmenal organization based in Dhaka that works to promote the rights of marginalized Dalit communities in Bangaldesh. ‘Still now a large section of population in Bangladesh who are known as Dalits are discriminated in all spheres of social life,’ according to Md. Abdul Basar, a project coordinator at Citizen’s Initiative, ‘even though the Constitution has declared equal rights...

Zimbabwe: Helping minority youth find a political voice 

The Zimbabwe Organization for Youth in Politics (ZOYP) has been using the UN Declaration on Minorities to lobby policymakers to ensure that Ndebele, and other marginalized ethnic groups such as Kalanga and Tonga, can participate effectively in the country’s political system. ZOYP is a grassroots non-governmental organization based in the small mining town of Kwekwe, an area dominated by Ndebele, Zimbabwe’s largest minority. ZOYP provides leadership training for youth, including youth from minority communities, to help them...

India: Community groups campaign for religious freedom 

In 2008, communal violence broke out in Kandhamal district of India’s Odisha state, when Christian minorities were attacked by extremists from the majority Hindu community.A local NGO, the Centre for the Sustainable use of Social and Natural Resources (CSNR) was formed in response, to protect the rights of religious minorities. ‘We are advocates for victims of communal violence in Kandhamal’, Dhirendra Panda, the founder of CSNR, explained: ‘For those who are Dalits and Adivasis practising Christianity – for...

Syria: Map of Western (Syrian) Kurdistan  

After months of work and cooperation with many Kurds both inside and outside Syria, YASA, the Kurdish Center for Legal Studies & Consultancy, has created a map of Western Kurdistan.The first phase of the project is completed, and we are currently working on the second phase. People and experts who want to join us or have any comments or suggestions can contact us using...

Philippines: Human Rights Superbody 'We will find no justice from the perpetrators'- indigenous peoples  

Indigenous peoples' organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), described the 'superbody' created by the Aquino government to address the cases of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations as "a feeble cover up to the growing list of human rights transgressions committed by State forces." Last November, President Aquino created an Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) to handle cases of extra-judicial...

Nepal: Will Supreme Court decide to provide for participation of indigenous peoples in constitution making process through their freely chosen representatives? 

Nepal’s Supreme Court (SC) has scheduled to give its decision on a case filed by indigenous peoples organizations regarding exclusion of indigenous peoples’ freely chosen representatives from the constitution making process on 3 February 2013. In 2009, immediately after the election of Constituent Assembly (CA), different indigenous peoples’ organizations had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court alleging their exclusion of indigenous...

Kenya: Songs, drama, artifact exhibition colour Ogiek community cultural day  

The Ogiek community in Kenya marked their cultural day, which has become an annual fixture, in celebratory pomp with 14 cultural groups performing songs, drama and exhibiting rare traditional artifacts. The day, held towards the end of December at Nessuit Primary School in Nakuru County, saw Kipkurere youth group emerge the best, with Soget Ogiek Dancers and Kaplelach Women Group, the runners up....

Pakistan: Arooj Khalid addresses the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

As part of Minority Rights Group International's Global Advoacacy Program, a number of minority rights activists from around the world came to Geneva to the UN Forum on Minority Issues, which held its 5th Session in November 2012. The theme of the forum was the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which was adopted...

India: Scavengers’ march sends message of hope 

After travelling thousands of kilometres through 18 Indian states, the Maila Mukti Yatra – a march to eradicate manual scavenging – concluded today with an event in New Delhi. The attendance by high level officials from the Government of India as well as the United Nations is a measure of the Yatra’s success.Copenhagen (IDSN), 31 January 2013 – Thousands of former and present manual...

Nepal: Supreme Court decision on indigenous participation in constitution making process deferred again for 4 March 

Nepal’s Supreme Court has again deferred its final decision on a case filed by indigenous peoples organizations regarding participation of indigenous peoples’ freely chosen representatives in the constitution making process, scheduled for 22 February to 4 March. This is the third time that the decision has repeatedly been postponed since 3 February,citing busy schedule. In 2009, immediately after the election of Constituent...

Kenya: In politics there are no permanent enemies, only permanent promises 

Kenyans head to the polls on March 4th 2013. This has been billed as a defining moment for a country whose momentous economic growth was disrupted with the 2007 post-election violence. During this period Kenya grounded to a halt. The new Constitution promises to give East Africa’s economic giant a new kiss of life. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, takes a look...

Egypt: Landmark verdict, judiciary repeals Presidential decree on demolition and renovation of churches 

The Court of Administrative Justice, presided by Judge Abdul Majid AlMokten, vice president of State Council, has ruled to cancel Presidential Decree No. 291 of 2005, which delegated district governors the responsibility to license Christian sects to modify or demolish a church and replace it at the same location.Since the President, according to the previous constitution, does not have authority to delegate...

Sri Lanka: Improve protection for women migrant workers 

Today, on International Women’s Day 2013, Migrant Forum Lanka (MFL), a collective of local Sri Lankan civil society organizations, trade unions, researchers, lawyers and activists, takes the opportunity to underscore the importance of Sri Lankan women migrant workers and promote the protection of their human rights before, during and beyond the migration process. This year’s global theme of, “A promise is a...

Cameroon: Ethnic minorities petition Biya over marginalisation 

Yuh TimchiaYaoundé Three minority ethnic communities in Cameroon have petitioned President Paul Biya to ensure they are properly represented in state institutions. The Mbororo, Montagnard and the Pygmy communities, specifically, say they want representation in the country’s nascent senate, whose members will be voted early next month. Mr Sarli Sardou Nana, the founder and coordinator of Laimaru, a national network of organisations advocating...


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